Clarksville, Ark.-U of O soccer coach Dave DeHart has been pleased with the way his team is preparing for the upcoming season.
The Eagles began preseason training on August 13 and have made good progress during their three-week long preseason training. "I believe the guys are ready as a whole," said Head Coach Dave De Hart, who is entering his third year at Ozarks. "Our goal is to be the American Southwest Conference Champions and try to win a bid in the NCAA tourney." The Eagles won a school record 15 games a year ago and earned a berth into the conference post-season tournament last Fall. The Eagles were defeated in the championship game, but were still given the number one preseason ranking in a poll of six conference coaches this year. A strong returning squad with a talented group of freshmen has the Eagles expecting big things this season. "We will be as strong offensively this year as we were last season," said De Hart. The Eagles have done plenty of conditioning drills during their training sessions to keep fit. DeHart is also focused on finding a goalkeeper, perhaps Ozarks’ biggest question mark going into the season. DeHart believes any one of four goalkeepers now on campus will develop into a quality keeper. Ozarks’ season begins on September 1st in a home game against Bartlesville Wesleyan.